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(@nphiker)
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Our group of seven people will be visiting St Thomas and St John in early January. We will have two jeeps rented on St Thomas and will take the car barge to St. John on Friday, the 4th, returning to St Thomas on Monday, the 7th of January, to catch our flight home which leaves the airport at around 3:30 PM. The question is which car barge would be best to use in order to make the return to St Thomas in time for the flight. I note that there are three companies that run car barges, some with more frequent service than others. Can anyone suggest which company we should use and at what time we should try to catch the return barge in order to return to the airport in time to catch our flight back to Atlanta?

Thanks, NPH

 
Posted : December 6, 2012 11:44 am
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It makes no difference at all which barge you take. They run on a staggered schedule so just take the one which is most convenient. Hint - buy one way tickets and not a round trip. The operators don't honor each other's tickets, the price difference is negligible and it affords you more flexibility. You should be at the airport two hours in advance of your departing flight. Give yourselves an additional one to one and a half hours for the combination of ferry ride, driving to the airport and dropping off your vehicles and you should have plenty of time. The ferry schedules (which you've probably already seen) are listed under Quick Links above right.

Enjoy a wonderful vacation!

 
Posted : December 6, 2012 12:26 pm
(@nphiker)
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Thanks for the quick reply STT Resident. That is exactly the information I needed. One last (maybe) question - do all the barges leave St John from the same dock/location??

Looking forward to our visit.

Thanks, NPH

 
Posted : December 6, 2012 5:58 pm
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Yes, they do. The barge dock is in a different location from the passenger ferry dock but all of them arrive and depart from that location. The time will pass quickly but, in the meantime, enjoy the holidays and look forward to lots of sunshine and beautiful beaches in January! One more little thing - on your way in, pick up the customs forms you'll need on your departure. Filling them out beforehand saves you a little time and inconvenience on your way out.

 
Posted : December 6, 2012 6:52 pm
(@rockydock)
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STT Resident wrote:
. . . One more little thing - on your way in, pick up the customs forms you'll need on your departure. Filling them out beforehand saves you a little time and inconvenience on your way out.

Just for clarification, STTres is talking about when arriving at the airport in St Thomas ask, at the counter of the airline you flew in on, for a Customs Declaration form for each family group. That way you can keep track of declarible purchased items during you stay, and be able to complete the form in advance and save some time when departure day arrives.

Rocky Dock
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Posted : December 6, 2012 10:21 pm
(@nphiker)
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Thanks STTres and Rocky for the tip about the customs form. Will definitely do as you have suggested.

NPH

 
Posted : December 7, 2012 2:42 pm

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